Carla Hinton
Features Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.

Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."

Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter

  • Right now: Rick Warren shines spotlight on mental health

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, Rick Warren and his wife Kay of Saddleback  Church in California are hosting “24 Hours of Hope,” a free global online event deisgned to encourage people living with mental illness, educate and support their families and equip church leaders for compassionate and effective mental health ministry. The Warren’s […]

  • Oklahoma pastor loves sharing God's story through Bible app he created

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Finance and tech whiz Bobby Gruenewald, of Edmond-based, has found his true calling through his church and the Bible app he created.

  • Nuns of Oklahoma City's Villa Teresa are hosting moving sale

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, best known as the longtime operators of the Villa Teresa School, are hosting a moving sale Oct. 11-13 at 1300 Classen Drive.

  • YouVersion Bible app: more on translations milestone

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    There’s more to say about the recent YouVersion Bible app milestone being celebrated this week by and the app’s creator Bobby Gruenewald. Today’s story in The Oklahoman shares some basic information about the fact that the free Bible app has now expanded to include more than 1,000 translations of the Bible — in more […]

  •'s Bobby G. hopes to inspire you ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    There are numerous angles and twists and turns in the story of’s extremely popular YouVersion Bible app and its creator Bobby Gruenewald. So much so that I couldn’t quite capture it all in my story in today’s Oklahoman.  For years, I’ve wanted to follow Gruenewald for a even a week,  just to see how he successfully juggles all […]

  • Same-sex marriage: Kenny & Bo wait no more

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    As  photographs and information from the Oklahoma County Courthouse made their way to the newsroom Monday afternoon, I wasn’t surprised to see pictures of a certain couple at the county clerk’s office preparing to get their marriage license. Kenny Wright and Barry “Bo” Bass were the focus of my April story “Waiting to Wed”  (shown above in […]

  • Religious leaders' reactions to to same-sex marriage decision varies

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Religious leaders’ reactions to same-sex marriage decision varies, with several clergymen saying the court system has superseded the will of the people — but cannot trump God’s law.

  • Attorney says religious liberty issues continue to rise to the surface

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, talked about the subject of religious freedom during a recent visit to Oklahoma City.

  • Night of farewells: Methodist ministry hosts last worship service and meal due to sale of Oklahoma City church building

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Skyline Urban Ministry’s headquarters in a historic church building at 701 NW 8 in Oklahoma City has been purchased by nearby St. Anthony Hospital. The ministry recently held its last Saturday night worship service and free meal outreach at the church, although its food pantry and eye glass ministry will reopen soon in south Oklahoma City.

  • Ministry's pantry offers food for last time at Oklahoma City church location

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    The site director for the Skyline Urban Ministry food pantry said the Oklahoma City community will ultimately benefit by the relocation of the outreach. Brandy Conrad said that’s why she is looking forward to the popular pantry’s relocation from an older church building at 701 NW 8 to Skyline’s McKee Center complex at 500 SE 15.

  • Catholic archbishop says Civic Center has been spiritually cleansed after satanic 'black mass' in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley performed “prayers of exorcism” on the Civic Center Music Hall on the day after a satanic “black mass” was held at the Oklahoma City public venue.

  • Oklahoma City run to raise funds for groups battling human trafficking

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The second annual Voices in the Dark Run-Walk is set for Sunday at Wheeler Park, 1120 S Western Ave. Proceeds from the run will benefit three local nonprofits working to combat human trafficking.

  • Updated: Singer Kari Jobe will bring 'The Majestic Tour” to Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Kari Jobe will lead a night of praise and worship in Oklahoma City as part of “The Majestic Tour.”

  • Run to combat human trafficking

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Earlier this year, I wrote a story about a faith-based group called No Boundaries International that has been working for several years to combat human trafficking all over the world and specifically in Oklahoma City. The organization is one of three nonprofits that will benefit from proceeds raised from the upcoming “Voices in the Dark” 5k […]

  • Footnotes: Oklahoma man shares his faith through shoe ministry

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Hayden Blessing, of Shawnee, has a faith-based ministry called Witness Kicks that distributes shoes to those who need them in Oklahoma and abroad.

  • Oklahoma beheading: Muslim religious leaders say Moore suspect visited local mosque

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Senior leaders of a prominent Oklahoma City mosque said several people remember seeing the suspect in the Vaughan Foods attack and beheading at their house of worship and described him as being “quiet,” “low-key” and “odd.”

  • Oklahoma City is designated as National Bible City for 2014

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Festivities are planned to mark Oklahoma City’s designation as the National Bible Association’s National Bible City for 2014.

  • Jewish High Holy Days are here

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The Jewish community is in the midst of observing the High Holy Days, with the beginning of Rosh Hashana at sundown yesterday. The High Holy Days are the 10 days between  Rosh Hashana — the Jewish New Year — and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. These 10 days also are often called the “Days […]

  • Hundreds gather in Oklahoma City to pray, protest 'black mass'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, spiritual leader for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, shared the reason for the afternoon gathering — a war being waged against the devil.

  • 'Black mass' draws half the expected crowd, proceeds despite protests

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    About half the people who bought tickets for a satanic group’s “black mass” showed up for the event Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Even so, the group’s leader Adam Daniels said he was pleased with the outcome — calling it a victory because “we got it done.” As hundreds of people outside the venue chanted prayers and sang songs of Christian faith, Daniels and a group of about five people with his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, acknowledged Satan as their ruler in a parody of a Catholic Eucharistic Mass. “I proclaim that Satan, Lucifer rules the Earth,” Daniels said during the black mass.

Carla Hinton Mon, Nov. 24 2014 12:02:54 PM CST I am at the Intl Day of the Bible Scripture reading event at the State Capital.
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 09:45:02 PM CST @James_Stafford I suppose so Jim!
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:40:46 PM CST Not rocket science: Shooters in, everybody else out. Didn't have to lose this one Thunder.
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:37:58 PM CST A ooooo we need a 3 and we give the ball to Roberson? #WarriorsDreamComeTrue
Carla Hinton Sat, Nov. 22 2014 02:38:51 PM CST RT @HopeChestOKC: hopechestokc's photo LINK
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Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 16 2014 07:46:34 PM CST @DarnellMayberry What's going on with Reggie tonight? I'm on a flight back to OKC so I'm just looking at tweets to catch the game action.
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 16 2014 01:56:08 PM CST RT @OKFosterWishes: @OKFosterWishes 2014 video! Please RT! LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 06:54:59 PM CST Kristin Chenowith talked about her Broken Arrow, Oklahoma roots during her speech @ today's #QuantumoftheSeas event. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:38:42 PM CST In line with the ship's "smart ship" status, Kristin Chenowith uses a tablet to launch the champagne bottle that christens #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:33:52 PM CST Having a godmother for a ship is a maritime tradition, we've been told. #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:31:12 PM CST This is surreal. Kristin Chenowith is singing one of my favorite songs ..."Over The Rainbow." #magical #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:28:17 PM CST Kristin Chenowith said she's proud to be godmother of #QuantumoftheSeas.She's performing now.Gracious & humble lady. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:59:19 PM CST Bring us all to the harbor of peace and safety for all eternity -- Rev. William Rex in his prayer at #QuantumoftheSeas blessing.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:57:15 PM CST Of course the ship has to be blessed. I'm in the right place. #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:50:02 PM CST She's here ... Kristin Chenowith, godmother of the new#QuantumoftheSeas cruise ship.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:49:19 PM CST Waiting for Oklahoma 's own Kristin Chenowith to appear at the naming ceremony for Royal Caribbean's new #QuantumoftheSeas cruise ship.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 10:46:22 AM CST More reason to get good nite's sleep B4 flying:fell asleep w/coffee in my hand & spilled it on guy next to me-his white shirt. #feelterrible
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 07:26:08 AM CST My auto correct has made me auto wrong too many times to count. I don't use bad grammar, I promise.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 05:25:43 AM CST About to board flight & gate attendant asks us to give military members a round of applause. We grateful for their service to the USA.